Last updated 28 July 2021

Babcock International is the world’s 26th largest arms-producing/military services company, with 59% of its turnover being military. (SIPRI)

It is “the largest supplier of support services” to the UK armed forces (Babcock website). This includes flying training, managing the army’s armoured vehicle training fleets, and building and maintaining warships.

As well as maintaining the UK’s current nuclear-armed submarines, Babcock is supporting “the design phase of the Successor future deterrent submarine programme” and is “actively involved in the long-term technical engineering support as well as providing the key tactical weapons launch system for the programme.” (Babcock Annual Report 2014, p.22)

Babcock applied for arms export licences to Israel in 2010 and 2012 (see Note below)
and has relationships with Israeli arms companies: along with partner Lockheed Martin it has selected a consortium of Elbit Systems and KBR as preferred bidder to replace the bulk of the programme’s training aircraft (Defense News, 24.10.2014);
it has collaborated with Rafael on a torpedo decoy for submarines (Torbuster), which it exhibited at the DSEi 2011 arms fair (Rafael website).

Other contracts include (sourced from Babcock Annual Report 2014):

“Designing and manufacturing the weapons handling and launch system for the South Korean submarine programme.”

“a c £6 million contract to deliver UK based mechanical, electrical and electronics training for 24 BAE Systems Saudi national technicians.”

and Babcock states that “we are pursuing opportunities in the Middle East including an opportunity to deliver support to the Royal Air Force of Oman fleet of Super Lynx helicopters.”


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